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Local football coach honoured by Football Alberta

Football Alberta has honoured Lloydminster Barons coach Aaron Harper for accomplishments he’s made with the team.

Harper was awarded the Laurie Robertson Tier II Coach of the Year Award on Saturday for accomplishments he’s made with the team since becoming the Barons coach in 2014. The Football Association says Harper turned the team into “Provincial Power.”

Since Harper took over, the team has made it to the North Tier II finals every season, and made it to the Provincial finals in 2017 for the first time since 1999. He says a coaching style focused on responsibility has helped the team find success.

“The whole team is accountable. I hold players accountable, I hold our coaches accountable, make sure as a coach our skills are fundamentally sound, and put players in the position to be successful. Really, that’s all coaching is.”

Harper added he was proud to receive the award, but adds that the team’s staff and players that were also a big part of turning the team around.

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“I don’t really think it was an award for myself, I think it’s an award for the team’s success. So I’m proud of our guys and happy to take it on their behalf.”

Football Alberta added in their statement that under Harper’s direction, they believe the Lloydminster Barons future is bright.

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